The Ibiza DJ tells us what to expect ahead of her September 6 headline set
Time Out Bahrain staff
We caught up with DJ Lizzie Curious ahead of her appearance at Coral Bay this month to find out what’s in store.
Tell us a bit about Lizzie Curious - where did the name come from and how long have you been performing? Hey there! My DJ name comes from a nickname I had in my university days when I first started DJing and it just really seems to suit me - I’m a pretty quirky and cheeky person! I love everything about the word curious and all the cool associations it has, from Alice in Wonderland ‘curiouser and curiouser’ to quotes such as: ‘We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths’ (Walt Disney).
I understand you have a very strong musical background, what instruments do you play? All the way through school I studied the flute, piano, cello and I sang in choirs. I even used to make my own tracks playing the piano and using two tape recorders. These days I am focussed on singing and playing the piano alongside producing in the studio - I think my musical training has provided me a really solid foundation which I’m incredibly grateful for.
How did you first get involved with the electric scene? When I was at university near London I had my first taste of underground dance music - I loved the vibe in these amazing clubs in London and soon decided that I wanted to learn how to DJ myself! I bought myself vinyl decks (with my student loan!), taught myself to mix (back in the days when there was no Youtube or Google!) and became hooked on DJing! Pretty soon after that I found that I wanted to contribute my own music to the sets I was playing. So I began learning music production….and along this amazing adventure I have had so many really fantastic experiences with gigs around the world, releasing my own solo material, starting my Curiousity Club brand (with record label, club night and radio show) and working with fantastic producers.
Do you put your vocals onto other people’s tracks or is it all your own work? Of all the songs I release, the lyrics and melodies have all been 100 per cent written and sung by me. Sometimes I’ll work with a producer where they send me the instrumental and I will write a brand new song over it, in other cases I’ll write the entire track myself and then use talented producers to remix it. For example, with my track ‘I’m Not Drowning’, I brought on board Ministry of Sound resident Tim Cullen to remix it and we hit a number one on Beatport!
Will you be singing as well as DJing when you come to Bahrain and what can the Coral Bay audience expect? I’m just back from a tour of Ibiza where I sung live at the terrace on Space, as well as DJing and singing live on two boat parties, all of which I loved - Space Ibiza in particular was a dream come true!
I will be bringing my mic with me to Bahrain and hope to be able to sing as well as DJ! My ten years’ experience as a DJ gives me a really great ability to engage and interact with the crowd - I truly love what I do and fans always tell me how much they enjoy seeing a DJ with so much energy and passion. You can expect a hedonistic journey through the full spectrum of house music with a feel-good groove…. a combination of hot remixes/mashups/re-edits of house classics and upfront gems I’ve just discovered.
You’ve visited the island before, how did you like it? I came to Bahrain in 2009 and absolutely loved it! Alongside the gorgeous weather, I met so many really friendly people who definitely like to make the most of their nights out!
Back to music - who are your main influences? I’m inspired by all kinds of things, from everyday life and I listen to so many different genres of music, from classical, to chill-out to of course tonnes of house music! I definitely look up to the likes of Annie Lennox and Freddie Mercury, who are/were songwriting geniuses, alongside producers I rate including Roger Sanchez and Federico Scavo.
What’s on your iPod/Iphone that you’re listening to now? I have just started a weekly radio show on Select UK and they have a mobile phone app too, so I’m listening my fellow presenters a lot! I also have several weekly podcasts I love listening to, including Roger Sanchez’s Release Yourself and ATFC’s Shots from the Hip, plus I always load up all the new promos I receive so I can start planning what tunes to play in my next gigs and on my Curiousity Club radio show! Check out Lizzie’s music on: www.soundcloud.com/lizziecurious. For other platforms see www.timeoutbahrain.com.